1. Introduction Cont.


The first step in making a good pastel painting is in picking the right supplies, the first of which is your drawing surface. It is important to pick pastel or charcoal paper that has a good tooth to it. This means the paper will feel rough to the touch. Lots of these art papers will have a smooth and a rough side, and you always want to use the rough side for creating any pastel artwork. This enables the paper to "grab hold" of the pastel pigment. A good "workable fixative" spray is great to use along the way to seal the pigments in place. You need to be careful not to over do this, but giving an image a light spray through a few different stages in the painting can be incredibly helpful in this dusty medium. It helps it to not flake off or get smeared in the process of working on it. Pick a good palette of colors, with enough variety in hue and contrasting lights and darks, but don't get overwhelmed with too many at first. A good set of 24 with a white and a black will work wonders!


Click our art supply list for more specifics. There are some great brands out there, especially Rembrandt for chalk pastels. Student grade art supplies are cheaper, but often aren't worth lthe poor quality or will run out/break down twice as fast as buying a better brand for just a little more. Think about if you are investing in your art supplies for the long run, or are just experimenting fo a short (but fun!) time, and that will guide you to make the best decision. Be sure to shop around for the best price always! AND CLICK HERE FOR GREAT CHALK PASTEL VIDEO ART LESSONS!



2. Famous Pastel Artists


Edgar Degas is probably the most famous chalk pastel artist in the last couple hundred years of art history...

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